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Diverse Reads: April 2020

This post is part of my diverse reads feature, where I list all the diverse books I’ve read in a given month.

April was an A-mazing reading month for me with a lot more books than I have read in a long time, but especially during all that is happening right now. I found a few new favorites and started an epic binge read of a now favorite series.

 

October Daye books 3-7 by Seanan McGuire

Starting to binge-read the October Daye series was the best idea ever. These books really got me out of my slump. Unsurprisingly, they also feature a diverse world, where POC and queer folks (including one of my favorite f/f couples) exist and are accepted. The (only) main character of these books has hydrophobia.

The House in the Cerulean Sea

This gotta be THE most precious book I’ve ever read. There are many books featuring found family, but this one is just… *gets them all in a group hug* I could have cried by the end of, it made me THAT happy. (the main character is a gay man, and there’s an m/m relationship)

THe Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

I’m kind of disappointed in the queer rep in this one as you could barely tell that it was even there. I think I wouldn’t have been able to tell the main character and one side character are gay, until late in the book, if I hadn’t heard of it before. BUT besides that, I thought it was a sweet, precious and interesting story and would definitely recommend it. Just be prepared for a very slow, character-driven one.

THe Last Emperox (The Interdependency #3) By John Scalzi

The conclusion to this series was everything I hoped for and more. You can read my full review here. (the series includes POV characters of color and some who are queer)

Alter Ego (League of Independent Operatives #1) by Kate Sheeran Swed

A fun take on superheroes who aren’t as super as they seem. Conspiracies, questionable motives and nothing as it seems, this was definitely an interesting, refreshing one. It also features a main character of color and a queer (sapphic) side character (who will become a POV character in a later book).

A Memory Called empire (Teixcalaan #1) by Arkady Martine

This one was a reread and SO worth it. I just really like the world Martine created and the characters are so precious. The main character is sapphic and there is quite a lot of flirting and a bit of romance (f/f).

Architects of Memory (The Memory War #1) by Karen Osborne

I’m a sucker for alien tech and this one did not disappoint. It’s also hella queer (two POVs, two queer ladies, both sapphic, bi). This one definitely categorizes as “disaster bis”.

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